The Campaign Choirs Network is a loose affiliation of like-minded choirs across the UK sharing a belief in a better world for all and dedicated to taking action by singing about it!
Use the tabs above to find out more about:
- the origins and aims of the Network
- other member choirs
- events, demonstrations and rallies
- stirring and moving songs, both traditional and new
- useful links to other organisations and groups
This is the site for campaigning choirs to come to share events, music and ideas – please join us!
Street Choirs Festival July 2019
Many campaign choirs will now be gearing up for the Street Choirs Festival in Manchester from July 12th to 14th. This event, which has been running for many years, is where choirs from around the UK join together, share songs, listen to each other and, most importantly, sing out in the local streets.
You will find details of the Campaign Choirs Network annual meeting, held during the Street Choirs Festival, here.
Choirs may wish to sing Palestine-related songs in support of rooftop occupiers at Cairo House in Oldham, a building that hides its identity as the home of Elbit Ferranti, part of Elbit Systems, Israel’s biggest arms company. See Manchester Palestine Action for more details.
You can also view a video of Kirsty Martin, from Brighton’s Hullabaloo Quire, talking at the Street Music Conference in Norwich in May 2019 about her choir’s recent experience of organising the 2018 Street Choirs Festival in Brighton and the joys and challenges involved in doing so.
Protest against Trump Visit June 2019
Campaign Choirs joined forces on Tuesday 4th June in London to protest at the state visit of Donald Trump. The march, from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square, was organised by the Stop The War Coalition and involved approximately 75,000 people. The Guardian recorded some interviews with protestors which you can view here.
Singers from Strawberry Thieves, Raised Voices, Red and Green and other choirs were involved and a special song sheet was produced for the occasion (see below).
National Demonstration for Palestine May 2019
Several Campaign Choirs were involved in the National Demonstration for Palestine on Saturday 11th May both in London and elsewhere as the images below demonstrate.
North-west choirs also protested at the BBC studios in Salford – see video of Open Voice, Manchester Community, Calder Valley and Bolton Clarion choirs. For the London event, marching from Portland Place to Whitehall, Strawberry Thieves put together a songsheet (see below).
Singing For Our Lives publication
The book Singing For Our Lives is now available. Written by the Campaign Choirs Writing Collective and launched at the 2018 Street Choirs Festival in Brighton, it documents and analyses the various political, societal and personal influences on the development of the street choirs movement over the last 40 years or more. Read a review of the book by Peace News here. And why not order your own copy from the publisher by clicking on the cover left!